High School Sports

Top performers: Metro-east athletes of the week

MEGAN BROWN

Dupo Softball

Though only a sophomore, the Southern Illinois University Carbondale recruit has been putting up big numbers for the Tigers in the early going this season. Brown was 6-for-7 with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs in Dupo’s two wins at the Johnston City Tournament on Saturday. Brown is helping carry the Tigers’ offense by hitting .579 with seven doubles, one triple, three home runs and 14 RBIs in just 12 games.

BRUCE DRENNAN

Granite City Baseball

Drennan had five hits in eight at-bats Saturday when Granite City split a doubleheader with Triad. He had a double, four singles, two RBIs and three runs scored for the Warriors. Drennan (.360, six RBIs) and Ole Miss recruit D.J. Miller (.375, two doubles, two triples, four RBIs) have been carrying the offense for Granite City.

NOAH DRESSLER

Mascoutah Baseball

Pitching against one of the area’s top lineups and a team that reached the state tourney last season, Dressler blanked Freeburg on two hits in six innings of work in a 1-0 Mascoutah victory. Dressler struck out five, outdueling Freeburg’s Joe Wolf, who limited Mascoutah to four hits and one run. It was the third straight shutout for Mascoutah and eighth this season.

HAYLI GREEN

Edwardsville •  Softball

The junior got five runs batted in on two swings in the Tigers’ 11-1 win over Belleville East last Thursday. With Edwardsville leading 2-1 with two out in the sixth, Green hit a two-run double to create some cushion. In the seventh, she pounded a three-run home run into the wind and beyond the fence in left-center field.

CHRIS HOLBA

O’Fallon Baseball

Holba damaged Belleville East with his arm and his bat last Tuesday, tossing a two-hit shutout with eight strikeouts in an 11-0, six-inning Southwestern Conference win. Holba also hit a two-run homer in the final inning. Considered a potential pro draft pick, the hard-throwing Division I East Carolina recruit is 3-1 with a 0.97 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 29 innings.

BRYAN HUDSON

Alton •  Baseball

The Redbirds’ senior and Missouri recruit came up big in wins last week. In a big Southwestern Conference showdown vs. Collinsville, the 6-8, 220-pound left-hander struck out 13, walked none and allowed just three Kahok hits in six innings. Alton won 6-2. Two days earlier, against Freeport, he went 3-for-3 with a triple at the plate with three runs scored and three RBIs in a 15-2 win.

ERIK KAISER

Waterloo •  Baseball

The sophomore was given his chance to contribute less than two weeks prior. And it’s not necessarily the big things that have entrenched him in the Bulldogs’ starting lineup. It was a hit-and-run single that drove in what proved to be the winning run against Belleville West and earned him the praise of coach Mark Vogel. Through Sunday, Kaiser was 9-for-16 on the season for a .563 average.

ANDRE MCGILL

Madison •  Track

Perhaps the top sprinter in the metro-east, McGill came within an eyelash of winning both the 100 and 200 meters at the Norm Armstrong/Belleville West Boys Track and Field Invitational. McGill won the 100 meters in 10.7 seconds and was second behind Kevion Akins of Cahokia in the 200 meters.

ISAIAH MICHL

Edwardsville •  Track

A University of Illinois recruit, Michl romped to the win in the 300-meter title at the Norm Armstrong/Belleville West Boys Track and Field Invitational. Michl’s winning time was 38.6 seconds.

EMELIA MODGLIN

Waterloo •  Softball

The senior catcher led the way for Waterloo as the now 12-0 Lady Bulldogs defeated Dupo 5-3 in a battle of two of the area’s best teams. Modglin was 2-for-2 with three runs batted in and a home run during the game. She ranks among area leaders with a .588 batting average to go with two home runs and 13 RBI.

WES SCHOENTHAL

Edwardsville •  Track

Schoenthal enjoyed perhaps his finest day as an athlete on Saturday as he won the 800 meters and 1,600 meter event at the Norm Armstrong/Belleville West Boys Track and Field Invitational. Schoenthal set a new meet record in the 800 meters with a time of 1 minute 55 seconds. His time in the 1,600 meters was 4 minutes 22 seconds.

WILLIAM SESSION

Belleville East •  Track

In a battle of brothers, William Session nipped older brother Korrion Session of Cahokia in the finals of the 110 meter hurdles on Saturday at the Norm Armstrong/Belleville West Boys Track and Field Invitational. With several NCAA Division I scouts in the crowd, William Session finished with a time of 13.91 seconds. Korrion Session finished in 14.34 seconds.

McKENZIE SISK

Belleville West Softball

Sisk shut down a talented Highland lineup Saturday by tossing a no-hitter in the Maroon’s 3-0 victory in the second game of a doubleheader. She walked only one and struck out three, improving to 1-1 this season with a 3.09 ERA. West’s Morgan Hinkle was 2-for-3 with three RBIs in the other win over Highland, a 4-2 victory.

NICK STEVENSON

Belleville West •  Volleyball

One of the more versatile players in the metro-east, Stevenson had 14 kills as the Maroons took a major step towards the Belleville city championship with a 25-22, 25-22 win over Belleville East.

JA’MARI WARD

Cahokia •  Track

The nation’s premier high school athlete in the long jump and triple jump, Ward set records in both on Saturday at the Norm Armstrong/Belleville West Boys Track and Field Invitational. Ward broke the 45-year-old record in the long jump with an effort of 24 feet 10 inches, then went 51 feet 11 11 1/2 inches to win the triple jump.

DYLAN WEH

Wesclin Baseball

Weh was 3-for-3 with a home run and six RBIs last Monday in Wesclin’s 9-4 win over Mater Dei and also was the winning pitcher for the Warriors. He is 2-1 on the mound with a 2.69 ERA for the top-ranked Warriors.

BRENDAN WILHELM

Columbia •  Baseball

Wilhelm put in a strong performance from the mound in the Eagles’ win over cross-county Gibault at GCS Ballpark in Sauget Friday. The senior went 6 2/3 innings and allowed just one run on hit hit. He walked six and struck out nine in the 7-1 victory. He’s now 3-0 with a 1.27 ERA for the 7-2 Eagles.

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